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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #109. Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong Biopic

Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: John Hodge
Producers: Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Tracey Seaward, Kate Solomon
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Lee Pace, Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman

He has to be one of the most fascinating real-life, hero and villain protagonists in this media age, and might just make for a great duality character on screen. This picture could be “dope” if Ben Foster delivers like we know he can — and though we’ve beaten up on Philomena helmer Stephen Frears for recent efforts such as Lay the Favorite and Cheri, he nonetheless delivers the goods when bio-elements are concerned.

Gist: This follows the rise of Armstrong, his cancer battle, retirement and exposure by journalist David Walsh.

Release Date: Filming took place midway last year and seeing that Frears has a good rapport with Cannes (having shown Tamara Drewe and Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight there) so this should be ready for Cannes where it could join Grace of Monaco in Cannes’ bio-portraits.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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